You’re a Canadian and you’ve just been denied entry into the USA.

The U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) officer told you that you need a waiver before you can re-enter. Don’t panic. There is hope. You’d be surprised how many other Canadian travellers are refused entry to the United States for various reasons.

The misconception amongst some Canadians is that US travel is a birth-right. Obviously it’s not. The burden is on the Canadian traveller to prove to CBP that he/she should not be deemed inadmissible. Here are some reasons why a Canadian can be denied entry:

  • Criminal Inadmissibility
  • Cannabis Use or Association
  • Previous Immigration Violation
  • Health Reasons
  • Lack of Funds
  • Immigration Fraud
  • Planning to Work Without Permit
  • No Intention to Leave

What should you do next? You’ll need submit an application for a waiver. In this case, you’ll want an I-194 entry waiver which is the result of submitting form I-192, advanced permission to enter as nonimmigrant. The various documents that you will need to submit are essentially to ask U.S. immigration officials to "forgive" your inadmissibility and allow you to enter the United States. Once received, usually the I-194 waiver is good for between 1 and 5 years. Over 60,000 of these waivers are processed each year.

I-192 waiver application processing times in 2019 ranged from between 2 to 4 months so you will want to get started as soon as possible.

The I-192 waiver application is something you can complete on your own. You can also hire a waiver service to help complete the forms. This community forum can help. Read the waiver discussions, learn as much as you can.

About the I-194 Waiver Forum

I-194 Waiver Forum is a simple no nonsense community discussion forum for Canadians who have been denied entry into the United States because of a criminal record, having overstayed a previous visit to the U.S., an infectious disease, or other reason.

Before posting a new thread, please take the time to use the search facility. The forum archives are an incredible resource full of great information. There's a good chance your question has been asked and answered before, or that the same topic has already been started.

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Nobody replied to my post

This can happen. Perhaps your question wasn't clear or it's possible the community just doesn't have an answer. You could try and rephrase your question by appending your post.

Can I post using my mother tongue?

Of course you can. There are many French speaking users on this forum and obviously a few who speak other languages. Keep in mind that any language other than English may result in less responses. Or, maybe not. Tip for English only speakers: if you use the Chrome browser and view a page with another language you can select to have it auto translate the page.

I'm with a company that offers waiver services, can I post here?

Of course you can. BUT please refrain for advertising your services anywhere but on the Waiver Services sub forum. It is specifically there for professional discussions re offered services and discussions about the companies that offer waiver application help for a fee as a service. You can also advertise your company in that sub forum but please keep the spam to a minimum.


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